Mining stocks led a drop in the FTSE 100 today as falling commodity prices weighed on shares.
The FTSE 100 was down 0.35% at 6,565 by midday, leaving it up just 0.4% for the week as a whole.
Commodities were particularly affected with mining stocks Anglo American, Vedanta, Fresnillo and Rio Tinto all suffering losses and featuring in the top five falling stocks. Anglo American was worst-affected with a fall of 3.12%.
Copper and tin both suffered losses, with three-month copper futures falling by 1.53% to 7,060 and three-month tin futures dropping 1.93% to 22,360.
US equities, meanwhile, look set to open higher despite underwhelming news on the health of the US consumer.
Retail sales rose by 0.2% in August, the US Commerce department said today. That was below economists' expectations of a 0.5% rise, though July figures were revised up from 0.2% to 0.4%.
The report is one of the final data pieces before the US Federal Reserve meets to discuss a possible tapering of its quantitative easing programme on 17-18 September.
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